Sixteen new songs co-written by Watson, along with Mac McAnally, Leslie Satcher, Kendell Marvel and more. Longtime fans of Watson’s modern yet traditional country sound are sure to instantly connect with this latest project. Much like his breakthrough record, 2015’s No. 1 hit The Underdog, Watson promises a collection of music focused around life, love and family. New tracks include “Mariano’s Dream,” nostalgic ode “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To” and “Diamonds & Daughters,” a sweet tribute to his own daughter.
Altoist Bobby Watson has always been a consistent improviser whose roots are in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers but who is open to freer innovations. For this Red Records album, Watson is joined by pianist John Hicks, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith for five of his originals, one by his wife Pamela Watson and Curtis Lundy's "Sho Thang." With such titles as "The Mistery of Ebop," "Blues for Alto" and the title cut, the high-quality music is essentially advanced hard bop and gives Watson a good opportunity to stretch out on some challenging structures.
Aaron Thomas is really something else. I stumbled on him while trolling though the pages of eMusic recently. Thomas is a singer-songwriter with a bit of a folk like flare accompanied by emotional lyrics. Although he is a bit aloof, as he only seems to have a myspace page, if I were a record label I would be all over his nuts like a squirrel looking for acorns.
Samuel Barber, sticking broadly to the European concerto format and ethos, produced a three-movement work that in many respects is gestural, with, as is revealed in the beautiful slow movement, the sheer gorgeousness of which he was capable in composition. Aaron Copland's short concerto, on the other hand, embraces the full jazz idiom and is a blazing masterpiece that should be played more often in concert. And, coming from the other end and in a different direction, we have George Gershwin, getting his inimitable style and memorable tunes into the brilliant and breezy classical format of his Piano Concerto, breathtakingly played by Wang and the RSNO, an orchestra clearly comfortable in the idiom.
Aaron Thomas is an Australian singer and songwriter who began writing and playing music about ten years ago. She has toured Australia and Spain and has played music festivals such as Popkomm (Berlin), CMJ (New York) and SXSW (Austin) with his first album Follow the Elephants. Currently resident in Madrid, has just completed recording their second album entitled "Made of Wood" with producer Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, Ane Brun, Coco Rosie, Camille, Sam Amidon, Nico Muhly). Recorded in Madrid with his band and then with Aaron alone in Reykjavik, Iceland, is ready to be released worldwide in January 2010 and here in Spain at the end of October 2009.
What other groups means Aaron is a hit song from his repertoire. He fascia, not to revolutionize anything, just do what you do best and what he does as anyone: simply songs, beasts or at ease, but always round and suggestive.